There is a long and strong tradition in accounting of supporting local not for profit organisations and charities.
Otorohonga-based Bailey Ingham, for instance, completes financial accounts and provides pro bono advice to a whopping 120 organisations, from clubs through to charitable trusts. Directors and some staff also serve on boards and committees, often in a financial capacity.
Nexia NZ, based in Christchurch, values the role that sporting organisations play in the Canterbury community and actively supports local cricket clubs, Marching NZ, Touch Canterbury and Mainland Football.
“In addition to this, we recognise the importance of the invaluable work that is undertaken by many not for profit organisations in our region,” said general manager Amy Murdoch.
“We provide accounting support to organisations such as The Gynaecological Cancer Research Trust and Rannerdale War Veterans Rest Home, which allows them to focus on their core purposes.”
Also in Christchurch, Perriam & Partners, with the support of Bishopdale Law, is directly associated with and funds the Make It Happen Charitable Trust, which over the last five years has contributed nearly $89,000 in community grants.
The Trust also employs a swimming instructor who picks children up from school for swimming lessons. Over the last twelve months 114 children from 19 schools have benefited.
“The lessons provided are generally for children who cannot swim or, due to family circumstances, have never been given the chance,” said director Warren Perriam.
“Our staff all engage in assisting and promoting the activities of Make It Happen Charitable Trust in the community and encourage applications where they see a financial need or support.”
Much of the funding comes from staff foregoing bonuses to direct them to the Trust.